September 2009

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Break’s over…everybody back on your heads!

Posted by Office-Bob on 24 Sep 2009 | Tagged as: The Church of Pyro

Summer is over and with it, the busiest part of the pyro season has come and gone. Canada Day and Celebration of Light may not seem like much - after all, it’s only two shows - but even a relatively small show like Canada Day takes days to set up and tear down, and CoL is actually 4 very big shows compressed into a 2 1/2 week period.

I was also involved with the Canadian Country Music Association Awards which were televised live from GM Place; there wasn’t a lot of pyro and it was only during the opening number but ah, the joys of live television!

Anyway, now that Fall has arrived I can start working on my Halloween show - I received confirmation that my budget is in place and is the same as last year, which means that barring any last-minute price increases I should be able to put together the show I was hoping to do. Burnaby residents, you have been warned.

I could be doing two Halloween shows this year, since my regular school show is going to be on the 30th - they’re already hosting a party that night and asked if I’d be willing to shoot on the 30th instead of the 31st, so I’ve been putting out feelers for the possibility of doing something on the 31st. If I get a show that’s great, but if not I’ve offered to assist a friend with his Halloween show that night. Either way, I get to blow stuff up and it saves me from having to stay home and deal with trick or treaters (more candy for me!).

I’m hoping that by late November I’ll have confirmation as to whether or not I’ll have any Olympic gigs - the odds are good but you can’t depend on anything until the contracts are awarded and the papers signed. If I am working the Olympics it means I’ll have to pass on next year’s Western Winter Blast, but something like the Olympics doesn’t come along that often so if there’s pyro work for me, I’m going to take it.

I also won’t know for a while if I have a New Year’s Eve show this year but I should be able to pick up a show someplace else if I like, or I could stay home like I did last NYE - staying indoors where it was dry and warm, and being able to drink, wasn’t such a bad change of pace.

Oh well, can’t worry about that now; I have music cues to work out and fireworks to order.

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Thoughts while waiting for the coffee to brew

Posted by Office-Bob on 24 Sep 2009 | Tagged as: Uncategorized

Sometimes the traffic is with me and I’ll arrive at the office before anyone else does; this means I make the first pot of coffee.

I really don’t mind doing this - in fact I enjoy it because it allows me to ensure I get a fresh cup, which is something that doesn’t always happen if you’re not one of the first people in the office.

As I was waiting for the coffee, I unloaded the dishwasher in the breakroom. I could say that I was doing this to be a good corporate citizen but, if truth be told, the main reason for doing this was to make sure I was there when the coffee was ready. Have you ever started a pot of coffee and left the kitchen, only to be distracted and come back after everyone else has grabbed coffee? It’s even worse if the person who took the last cup is one of those bastards who doesn’t make a fresh pot (one of the many who will be brought to justice when I become Emperor of the World).

As I unloaded the dishwasher and put stuff away, my mind wandered in various directions:

  • Need to do a “beauty pass” on our website using IE
  • Forgetting your gym clothes this morning was stupid, but since fencing starts gain tonight you’ll likely be sore enough tomorrow that you’ll be glad you didn’t work out today
  • I wonder how long this nice weather is going to last?
  • How much longer before the coffee is ready?
  • What should I have for lunch?
  • You know, the deep thoughts.

    Eventually, the dishwasher was emptied and refilled with the dishes left in the sink overnight (hey, if you’re gonna do dishwasher duty you owe it to people to go all the way) and the coffee was done. I filled my mug and headed back to my desk for the thrills and excitement of eating a breakfast burrito and drinking coffee while watching MSNBC Countdown, slowing easing myself into the work day.

    Hey, it keeps me off the streets.

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